Stories from the Arabian Nights - Amy Steedman
Like most other books from the Told to the Children series, this book condenses its source volume, Arabian Nights by restricting itself to only a few tales so that each can be told with great interest. The selected stories are relatively famous selections, including Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin and the Lamp, The Enchanted Horse, and Sinbad the Sailor.
HE LOADED UP HIS STRONG LITTLE BLACK HORSE WITH TWO MORE BAGS OF GOLD.
There was, once upon a time, a Sultan of Arabia who thought all women were bad. Every day he married a new wife, and every morning he ordered that she should be beheaded. So there was much sorrow in all that land, until a brave woman thought of a clever plan which would put an end to this cruel custom. She went to the palace, and offered to marry the Sultan, and that night she began to tell him such wonderful stories, that when morning came he still wished to hear more, and commanded that she should not be beheaded until all the stories were finished. So, night after night, for a thousand and one nights, she told him new stories, and by that time the Sultan had grown to love and trust her, and they lived happily together ever after.
Now the stories in this book are some of those which the Sultan loved to hear, and I have told them again to you, because I think they will charm you now quite as much as they once charmed the Sultan of Arabia, in the happy days of Long Ago.